Also look for taxes, and monthly common charges, what is included in the common charges..such as maintainance of the common ground, lawn cutting, snow removal, drive way, siding, roof, community inground pool, gym, club house, other social activities (card game, painting, reading, knitting, arts and craft club etc) , 24 manned security or security gate with remote opener, etc....
Also when was the last time common charges went up, and when is next time coming up.
Many 55+ communities have Jitney Bus comes to bring the residence to the mall and other shopping areas. However do you have the car to go around or need the public transportation..
Please feel free to contact me for any questions you may have..Good Luck...
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Century 21 Princeton Properties
You would probably want to check the transportation alternatives if you have no car, or it is in the shop. Is it near a bus or train, or do you have to rely on taxis.
Is there a community room (with activities) for socializing? See if they have a schedule for activities that you would be interested in. The more social ammenities, such as a pool, the higher the monthly maintenance charges. If you use the pool, it might be cheaper than trips to the beach .
What about security. You will pay more for manned security, but is it something you should do without?
Remember, you get what you pay for. You have to examine what is included, and compare what you would normally have to spend to provide for extras. I hope this is helpful to you.